A sheep's fleece insulates and protects it in the cold, but also provides comfort and the ability to "breathe" in heat. As a bedding material, it offers you the same advantage.
Wool's suitability as a bedding material has a simple scientific explanation. Wool allows water molecules - those in the atmosphere and those by your body - to move more freely. If you are hot, the wool fibres help regulate your body temperature while you sleep - creating your very own microclimate. When you are cold, the same principle ensures the microclimate is exactly what your body requires.
This makes for the ultimate night's sleep - imagine no longer waking up cold in the night and searching for an extra layer, or overheating in summer.
Key Benefits of Wool
- Exceptional insulation through millions of tiny air pockets that trap air
- Wool fibre allows the body to breathe freely
- Wool has been proven to lower the heart rate for a more rested condition
- Wool maintains ideal moisture levels, even for differing body temperatures
- Wool is made from keratin and naturally fire resistant
- Wool reduces the conditions required for the life cycle of dust mites
Sheep Farming in New Zealand
From the high country sheep stations of the Southern Alps to the rolling hills of Otago and Southlands, it is a land of contrast and extremes: extreme scenery, extreme climates and extreme challenges. It takes a determined and hardy farmer to take on the mountainous and challenging land, farmers who must often go on horseback or foot to tend their elusive flocks. All they take with them is a team of loyal sheepdogs, who can turn a mob of several hundred sheep simply by looking at them.
Here, Merino sheep flourish, well-suited to withstand the extreme conditions of living up to 2,000 metres above sea level. The Merino produces a 10 centimetre-long fleece, which surrounds the animal with warmth in winter, but is still fine enough to keep it cool and dry in the summer months. It is these qualities, which make the Merino wool fibre ideal for achieving the softness and warmth required for Ellis Fibre's bedding products. To provide the bulk and loft needed, Ellis Fibre then turns from the high country to the rolling valleys and hills of Otago and Southlands. These lush, productive farm areas are home to the stronger wool breeds - Corriedale, Romney and Perendale sheep - whose thick fleeces provide the perfect complement to the finer Merino wool.
A grown sheep produces about 5-6kg of wool and every spring they are mustered for shearing, a simple and painless process to remove the thick fleece.The fleece is then spread out like a blanket on a classing table, ready to be inspected by wool classers. As fibre quality can vary slightly from animal to animal, each fleece is tested on form an classed into different categories for sale.
From the farm to your bedroom - the wool processing